Trevor Birch: Football’s firefighter returns to the frontline

10 December 2020

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Photo: PA Images Former Swansea City player Leon Britton (left) and former Swansea City chairman Trevor Birch.

Now aged 62, new EFL CEO has run six different clubs, but never stayed longer than two years.

As a teenage footballer, Birch was a prolific striker for Liverpool Reserves before turning to accountancy and the non-league game.

Credited for bringing Roman Abramovich to Chelsea and saving Leeds and Portsmouth from the abyss.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

The appointment of Trevor Birch as Football League chief executive sees a return to the frontline of one of English football’s most experienced administrators.

The 62-year-old Liverpudlian has held the CEO role at five different clubs (Chelsea, Everton, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Derby County), the chairmanship of Swansea City and leaves his role as Tottenham’s head of football operations having only started on 1 September.

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